Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Book review: Abuse of Power by Michael Savage

In the interest of full disclosure I need to admit that I am a conservative - conservative in my views, values, religion, politics and life style. Further I have on occasion listened to Michael Savage on the radio and though he can be a bit of a conspiracy theorist and a little radical for my taste I find myself agreeing with a lot of what he has to say.

In his new book, Abuse of Power, Dr. Savage weaves a tale of a left wing global conspiracy designed to bring down the United States of America and all of western civilization. Weaving events of his own life story into the life of the main characters life Dr. Savage’s leading man Jack Hatfield stumbles onto a terrorist plot designed to make the events of September 11, 2001 look like child’s play. Hatfield, like Savage, has been banned from Britain for his outspoken views on radical Islamic terrorism, and has fallen from well known war correspondent and television journalist to an obscure freelance news producer in San Francisco.

Hatfield is on a ride along with the San Francisco Police Department when a seemingly routine carjacking turns into an international plot involving the highest levels of government both here and in the United Kingdom. The story behind the main plot is the question of just how far leaders will go to further their political agenda. Dr, Savage clearly believes that the Obama administration has been guilty of the abuse of power and strives in this book to warn his readers of the danger of allowing this practice to continue.

The story moves quickly with just enough detail to color in the background and not so much that it lulls the reader to sleep. It moves from San Francisco to London and back again with trips to Paris and Tel Aviv thrown in as well. The plot involves an offshoot of Al-Quida, the FBI, CIA, MI5 and MI6 and rings true enough to keep the pages turning and the heart pounding. Savage makes no secret about his desire that this book be turned into a movie and reading this book often has the feel of watching a spy thriller. I don’t think I would spend the $25.99 list price on the book or even spring for movie tickets if indeed Abuse of Power becomes a movie, but then again I am a conservative, but the book is certainly worth checking out from your local library.

Review by Jim Ritter